Tips about how to keep your account safe
Keeping your password private
The most obvious thing is not to tell anyone your password.
As you don't know where the information will go after it leaves your lips (keyboard). Even if you only tell one other person, they could tell one other person, and so on, until your password is in the hands of a Cracker. Besides, why would you want to tell someone your password, anyway? You are not allowed to share your username with anyone else, so there is no legitimate reason for anybody else to know your password.
If you think there's even a chance someone else might know your password, change it immediately.
If someone asks for your password please report it, and do not tell them of course.
Choose your password carefully
Simple passwords can be easily guessed by people who know you, even for those who do not. Please consider the following tips in order to make your password less predictable:
- DON’T use your login name in any form (as-is, reversed, capitalised, doubled, etc.)
- DON’T use any names, whether a relative of yours or character in a novel, book, or movie.
- DON’T use other information easily obtained about you. This includes birthdates, license plate numbers, telephone numbers, your street name, etc.
- DON’T use a password of all digits, or all the same letter.
- DON’T use a word contained in (English or foreign language) dictionaries, spelling lists, or other lists of words.
- DON’T use a password shorter than eight characters.
Generally your password should be without any meaning, comprising of a mix of numbers and letters (lower and upper case).
Do not tell anyone any of your social accounts whom you do not trust 100% (you should not trust anyone 100% whom you only met in a chat room). Telling your accounts will make your account an easy prey to hackers. If you cannot avoid revealing your address, please keep in mind the following:
- Use another address for this than your registered FlyOrDie email address
- Your secret question should be really secret, only you should know the answer, it should not be guessable.
- The password should meet the criteria set above
If the problem is already there
If someone already put their hands on your account, here is how you can get it back:
- If someone has changed your password, you will automatically get a notification to your registered email address.
- Go to your email account and see if there is a message about the password change
- Make sure your email account is secure and no one has access to it (e.g. change your password, secret question)
- Change your FlyOrDie password as well according to the criteria above (you will get another notification).